General Supplies for all Watercolor Classes
Covered Watercolor Palette – Get one with a big mixing area and large wells (ex. John Pike Palette or Tom Lynch Palette)
Brushes - At the minimum, I suggest that you have the following brushes available –
• 3/4” and 1/2” Flat Brush – The following are recommended: Old Holland series 7002 #20 and #12 (available through
Jerry's Artarama), Stratford & York Balmoral (available through ArtXpress), or Kolinsky S2410 #14 & #20 (available through The
Italian Art Store). You want a long handled brush that is soft, will hold a lot of watercolor and maintain a sharp edge.
• #10 or #12 Round – Creative Mark Rhapsody (Jerry's Artarama). Also acceptable Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II and
Lowe & Cornell series 7020.
• #6 Round – Winsor & Newton #6 Kolinsky Pointed Round. A brush that will hold a sharp point for a few details in your
SEPTEMBER 2014 -NOTE REGARDING BRUSHES Due to the current situation, the availability of Kolinsky brushes is VERY
limited. No telling when this situation will improve. Though not a recommendation, per se, the best alternatives for my Rock
Valley students are the Winsor & Newton Cotman brushes. They are available at the local retailers. I have placed the list with my
Jerry's Artarama Cart. I suggest the following: #666 One Stroke Flat 3/4", #777 Aquarelle 1/2" flat (#666 One Stroke Flat 1/2" as an
alternate), #111 Round #12 , #222 Designers Round #6.
Bucket – Five Quart capacity
Pencil – 2B or HB lead.
Windex brand Pump (not trigger) Spray Bottle - Woodman's Market: East end of Aisle 16.
Facial Tissues (plain, without Aloe)
Old Bath Towel
Inexpensive Kitchen Sponge
Items listed above are used in all classes. Level 2 and Advanced classes should consider
these additional items.
Composition Finder - I recommend the combination Viewfinder Value Guide (Jerry'sArtarama #79541)
Drawing Board – To use to clip or tape watercolor paper. Use as a support.
1-1/2” or 2” Wash Brush – I utilize Isabey Series 6421 wash brushes and Winsor & Newton Series 965 wash brushes.
Bulldog Clips and/or Gummed Kraft Paper Tape – Optional but very helpful
White Magic Rub Eraser - Optional
Spiral Bound Sketch Book – 12” x 9”. Available as 60# to 80# paper weight. Use to record your ideas and create your thumbnail
Notebook or Folder – Your resource for Photos and Pictures.
Micron Pen – Optional -.01 size nib, available at Michael's.
Trigger Spray Bottle – Optional. Needs to provide a hard spray to wash off the “oops”
Hair Dryer – Optional but very helpful
Masking Fluid, Cheap Nylon Brush and a Bar of Soap – Optional
Drafting Tape/Watercolor Tape – Optional
Old Toothbrush – Optional
White Charcoal Pencil - Optional
Colored Pencils – Optional. A few colors can add highlights to your paintings.
White Gouache Paint – Optional. (Pronounced G-Wash). An opaque watercolor to use for highlights. Can be mixed with
Pocket or Palette Knife – Optional.
I purchase most of my supplies through the following companies:
Jerry’s Artarama, 1-800-827-8478, www.jerrysartarama.com
Cheap Joe's Warehouse, 1-800-227-2788, www.cheapjoes.com
Dick Blick,1-800-447-8192, www.dickblick.com
ArtXpress, 1-800-535-5908, www.artxpress.com
The Italian Art Store, 1-800-643-6440, www.italianartstore.com
Please contact me if you have any additional questions.
These are the supplies I use during my classes,
workshops and in the studio. If you plan to attend one
of my classes or workshops, I reccommend--but don't
require--that you consider purchasing these supplies.
Please note that if you use different brands, you might
get different results.
If you need help ordering these supplies, please
• 22” x 30” sheets of Arches 140# Cold Pressed.
I work with Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolors. Holbien Artists Watercolors are
also acceptable. The color formulas are vibrant and consistent. I also find
Holbein Artists Watercolors to be an acceptable alternative. Other brands have
therir own color formulas which may or may not be similar to the Winsor &
Newton. This can sometimes lead to undesirable results. Do not scrimp; buy
the best. I recommend you purchase the 14 ml tubes or larger. I utilize the
following colors in my classes:
• Winsor Lemon (not Lemon Yellow)
• Aureolin Yellow
• Yellow Ochre
• Cadmium Orange
• Winsor Red
• Alizarin Crimson
• Cerulean Blue
• Cobalt Blue
• French Ultramarine Blue
• Prussian Blue
• Hookers Green Dark
• Burnt Sienna
If you are going to try to save a little money, PLEASE DO Not skimp on the paper.